Celebrating the publication of Annette Insdorf’s Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has, MoMA presents the New York premiere theatrical runs of Has's feature debut, The Noose and How to Be Loved.
Celebrating the publication of Annette Insdorf’s Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has (Northwestern University Press, 2017), MoMA presents the New York premiere theatrical runs of Has's feature debut, The Noose (1958), an expressionistic portrait of an alcoholic at the end of his rope; and How to Be Loved (1963), a chamber piece involving a famous radio actress haunted by her wartime past. Insdorf, a professor of film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and moderator of the "Reel Pieces" series at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, will introduce the opening-night screenings on April 27, and will also sign copies of her book on May 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. Presented in association with The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Grzegorz Skorupski) and the KADR Studio, Warsaw. Special thanks to Hanna Hartowicz, New York Polish Film Festival; and Tomek Smolarski, Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Pętla (The Noose). 1958. Poland. Directed by Wojciech Has. Screenplay by Marek Hłasko, based on his short story. With Gustav Holoubek, Aleksandra Slaska, Teresa Szmigielówna. “The Noose is a remarkable first feature, for both its formal mastery and uncompromisingly dark vision of postwar Poland. Over a 24-hour period, we follow Kuba (Gustav Holoubek), a wry and lucid alcoholic who plans to begin treatment to overcome his addiction. Wojciech Has transforms Marek Hłasko’s short story into a richly textured cinematic experience” (Annette Insdorf, Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has). DCP. In Polish; English subtitles. 96 min.
Thursday, April 27, 4:00 (introduced by Annette Insdorf); Friday, April 28, 6:30; Saturday, April 29, 2:30; Sunday, April 30, 5:00; Monday, May 1, 4:00; Tuesday, May 2, 6:00; Wednesday, May 3, 4:00.
Jak być kochaną (How to Be Loved). 1963. Poland. Directed by Wojciech Has. Screenplay by Kazimierz Brandys, based on his novel. With Barbara Krafftówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Artur Miodnicki. “How to Be Loved, a fascinating drama of 1963, won the San Francisco Film Festival's prize for Best Actress (Barbara Krafftówna) as well as Best Screenplay. It is told from the perspective of a popular actress: during a trip from Warsaw to Paris, she remembers her World War II experiences hiding a vain actor (Zbigniew Cybulski) from the Gestapo. Locked in her apartment, he is not the romantic partner she anticipated” (Annette Insdorf, Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has). 35mm. In Polish; English subtitles. 97 min.
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 (introduced by Annette Insdorf); Friday, April 28, 4:00; Saturday, April 29, 5:00; Sunday, April 30, 2:30; Monday, May 1, 6:30; Tuesday, May 2, 8:15; Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 (introduced by Annette Insdorf, preceded by book signing at 6:00).
Further details are available at: www.moma.org/calendar/film/3833?locale=en.